You received your positive pregnancy test, congratulations! Then week six shows up and brings you another gift—morning sickness. Morning sickness comes in all shapes and sizes and can come and go as it pleases. If you are one of the unfortunate to experience nausea and/or vomiting during pregnancy, know you are not alone!
I was glowing. Five weeks pregnant (and I’m positive the happiest pregnant lady on the planet) when suddenly, I ran to the bathroom. What in the world just happened? Little did I know, that was merely the beginning of my around-the-clock “morning” sickness that would hang out for the next 15 lengthy weeks. I was eventually diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum after the 13-week mark passed and the doctor finally took me serious. Every free minute I had was spent researching cures for morning sickness, so let me save you the time by giving you my secrets.
Your mom, friend, lady at the check-out-line, neighbor, random friend on Facebook, etc., will all quickly ask you, “Have you tried crackers and ginger ale?” OH GOODNESS! How much this bothered me. If they only knew how many crackers and bottles of ginger ale I had consumed. Can you relate? I’m so sorry. If crackers work for you, great! If not, here are five things that surprisingly helped me kick the nausea.
- Cherry Coke. I know, I’m sorry. This is not the healthiest of options. But when water won’t go down, this did and it stayed there. If I drank a little cherry coke with food, it helped to settle my stomach. From what I found, many other moms will swear by the same trick.
- In any form, potatoes are one of the easiest foods to stomach. Tater tots, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, french fries—they are all delicious.
- Almost daily, I drove (or my husband so gratefully) to our local restaurant to get *drumroll* a cup of ice. Not just any ice, but the small balls of ice that crunch easily, do you know the kind? You can also get extra cups of ice to keep on hand in the freezer.
- Do you see a pattern yet? Cold drinks really help fight nausea! Make your own at home by juicing fruits then freezing in an ice tray. After frozen, put the cubes in your blender with a little water and enjoy! This is an excellent option for putting nutrients into your body when food doesn’t sound appealing.
- Slice a lemon and suck on it when the nausea is hitting you hard. If lemons are too sour for you, you can also try simply smelling one.
Here is my bag-o-tricks, and I hope you will find one, or all five of them, helpful. Remember, at some point or another, the pregnancy morning sickness will go away. In the meantime, hang on to that hope and go get something cold. Once again, congratulations momma!